Nov 20, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive back Stanford Routt (26) intercepts a pass during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Raiders defeated the Vikings 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Raiders release Stanford Routt. Could Bengals Pursue Him?

The Oakland Raiders have released cornerback Stanford Routt today, making him a free agent. Its been than a year after the Raiders gave Routt a five-year, $54.5 million contract, which was clearly overpaying him. Routt is a very talented corner, but struggled in 2011 when he became Oakland’s top CB after the departure of Nnamdi Asomugha. According to Pro Football Focus, in 2010 Stanford Routt put together a pretty solid season, as he allowed only a 42% wide receiver catch percentage. In 2012, Routt had four interceptions but played inconsistently and led the NFL in penalties with 17 and had nine TDs thrown against him.

With more consistent CB’s available in free agency in Brandon Carr, Cortland Finnegan, Brent Grimes, and Carlos Rogers, Routt figures to be the fourth or fifth best available CB. Because he was released after the season, Routt’s free agency starts Friday. He’d be a good fit for the CB-needy Bengals, as Leon Hall may begin the 2012 season on the PUP list, and Pacman Jones is a free agent. And since Routte was already paid nicely the past few seasons in Oakland, he may be willing to take less than the market value to come to a playoff team like Cincinnati.


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